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Mermaid Marine is praised by Fairey owner
Mike Robson bought the Fairey Swordsman Scimitar – formerly Captain X, hull number 20 - in 2009 and since then has carried out an extensive programme of restoration including a rebuild of the twin engines.
“Sadly I made the mistake of giving the engines to someone in Poole to re-build,” explained Mr Robson. “After two years I had to threaten to inform the police unless they were returned.”
However for Mr Robson this turned into a protracted saga as he later found out one had not been rebuilt, just painted – as he pointed out ‘an expensive lesson’.
After refitting the engines and immediately experiencing several problems he again had them removed but was told he needed parts including an intercooler that were not available and was faced with the prospect of buying new engines.
However he then contacted Mermaid Marine and discussed rebuilding the Ford Sabres and was told obtaining parts was not an issue.
“Mermaid had all the intercoolers and all the parts necessary for both engines to be fully rebuilt with new liners, pistons etc,” said Mr Robson. “Mermaid did a marvellous job and even when ready, kindly stored them until the engine bulkhead had been rebuilt and painted (a well worthwhile job when the engine bay is empty) and a new teak windscreen made by Mike Moody of Centreline Marine.”
And Mr Robson says following sea trials, a trip from the Hamble to Salcombe in Scimitar was carried out in 5.5 hours at 18 knots with the new Ford Sabres behaving perfectly.
“We left the Hamble in perfect August weather with flat calm and with the engines set and dynamo tested by Mermaid to 250hp at 2500rpm,” he said. “The return leg went just a smoothly.”
And now that the engines and electronics are sorted, Mr Robson plans to continue restoration to the interior of Scimitar and plans to join the Fairey Owners Club for further advice.
Mermaid Marine was a key mariniser of Ford engines from 1970 to 1984 and has vast knowledge of the engines. With thousands of these engines still in use, the company is frequently asked to recondition and overhaul the engines to extend their working life or to supply reconditioned items.
This has numerous advantages for owners, not least of which is that the footprint doesn’t need to be changed and the financial outlay is lower than buying a new engine.
Mermaid Marine has built up an enviable reputation for overhauling and rebuilding the Ford range.
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